Non-Candy Halloween Treat Bags! + FREE Printable!

Col’s school is hosting a Halloween Carnival this year so, we thought it would be super fun to send him in on carnival day with some special treats for his friends!

For our treat bags, I grabbed a pack of 24 Assorted Play Doh Cans, these adorable cookie cutters, and mini raisin boxes!

To finish off your treat bags, grab your FREE Halloween Tag printable HERE: Halloween Treat Tags 2017!

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Save Your Shopping Trips with Snap + Shop Tray! (+ 15% OFF CODE!)

Hey mama! Did today’s trip to pick up milk and bread leave you yanking your hair out? Are you finally pulled into your driveway with your little one passed out oh-so-sweet in the backseat while your heart is still racing from that terrible run to Target?

Listen, we’ve all been there, and I’ve got your back when the older woman behind you glares, or when the young couple in the aisle next to you comments about how their child “will never act like that in public,” I’ve totally got your back…and so does Snap + Shop.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that I have been waiting, desperately, to come across this mama miracle.

We all know what it’s like to:

a. Spend 35 minutes before even leaving the house or getting dressed, preparing snacks for  what should be-at max, an hour out of the house.

or  b. Packing said snacks and realize as you pull into Target that you’ve forgetten all of them on the kitchen counter.

If you’ve made it to c. and remembered you’re littles’ snack collection, you’re now moving onto the next dreaded step…

STRUGGLING WITH 5 BAGS OF CRACKERS AND CHEERIOS MANAGING TO (hopefully) ONLY DROP SOME ONTO THE FLOOR BEFORE YOUR (loving & beautiful) TODDLER SPRINKLES THE REST THROUGHOUT THE STORE AISLES.

On the other hand, you could save yourself all of the prep and Zilpoc waste, losing precious snacks to the floor before your toddler even gets ahold of them, and most importantly…occupy that sweet bundle as you shop your way through Target heaven!

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Introducing: Snap and Shop!

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This perfectly designed little tray comes in 3 solid colors: Pink, Teal, and Blue. It’s attachment can fit onto any size cart handle (or stroller), and comes off for easy washing!

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Let’s not forget the removable lid. The lid secures tighttt for travel and storage! Pack your snacks into the tray at night to easily grab and go in the morning! Just make sure to listen for the three “snaps!” when placing the lid!

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Take your shopping trips to the next level and save 15% on your Snap + Shop Tray by using this code: HOUSEWIFE15

Happy shopping mamas!

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A huge thank you to Snap + Shop Tray for sending us this one of a kind product!


*From time to time, you’ll see affiliate links in my posts! I might make a very small commission or may be otherwise compensated if you make a purchase from clicking those links, which helps fuel the love and life behind The Happening Housewife …and sometimes funds Friday pizza nights!

Strawberry Popcorn Mix + FREE Valentine Printable!

I’m SO excited to share this super scrumptious recipe with you guys today!

It’s easy, inexpensive, fun for the littles, AND as an added bonus I’ve included a FREE Valentine printable for you to use and send in with your sweeties for their Valentine’s Day party!

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Let’s get started!-You’ll Need:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Bag of Boom Chicka Pop Kettle Corn
  • 1/4 C Butter
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C Karo Syrup
  • 1 Box of Strawberry or Raspberry Jello
  • 1 Bag/Box of White Bark Chocolate Melt
  • Sprinkles, M&M’s, Glitter Sugar, etc.

SUPPLIES

  • Spatula
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Large Baking Pan
  • Large Bowl
  • Foil

PREP

  • Pre-heat oven to 350
  • Line pan with foil
  • Dump popcorn into a large bowl

 

  1. Bring your butter, sugar, Karo syrup, and gelatin to a boil for 4 minutes, Continue stirring until the mixture is no longer grainy.
  2. Stir in gelatin mixture with popcorn until it is even throughout.popcorn-3
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  4. Warm chocolate as directed and stir into popcorn.
  5. Spread your popcorn back onto the pan to add sprinkles, edible glitter, and valentine candies.
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We delivered our Strawberry Popcorn Mix in these fold down kraft bags with the perfect FREEE printable! Get yours HERE!!

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LEGO City Police Birthday Party

 

Our oldest little turned 5 and the one thing he wanted this year for his big day was a LEGO City filled day with his best buds! So, mama got to work on this Pinterest inspired LEGO City Police party with tons of inexpensive DIY’s!

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We opted out of a birthday cake for a donut tower this year, in honor of all those officers who love their holey powdered treats!

Homemade Peanut Butter

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Since last year, at least when I do the grocery shopping, we’ve been buying mostly fresh peanut butter. Not only is it healthier for us and the littles but, in mym opinion, it just tastes better. We use it as a dip, a spread, to bake with, and even just a plain old snack all by itself. Our home was recently graced with the presence of a fabulous new Ninja and we’ve been using it to create everything you can imagine. So, once I saw that we were in need of a new jar of this fabulously creamy treat, I decided it was time to put my skills to the test.

Did you know peanut butter is one of the EASIEST things to make? Especially in the world of homemade spreads. This protein packed, pantry staple takes barely any effort and you can easily give yourself a pat on the back after serving this with the kids’ lunches, instead of that processed crap that contains an array of nasty, grimy, yucky, not-so-nice ingredients.

What you’ll need:

Food Processor OR a Pretty Heavy Duty Blender

Sheet Pan

Spoon or Rubber Spatula

2 1/2 cups Raw, Shelled Peanuts

1/2 tsp Kosher Salt

2 tblsp Coconut Oil *Unrefined is best

1 1/2 tblsp Honey

1 tsp Organic, Natural Cane Sugar

(*My reasoning for the natural, organic cane sugar is that if you’re going to be making this for the health benefits, why not go all the way? You can use granulated sugar but, before you’re next batch, pick up a tub of the good stuff!)

For an extra special jar of PB, add in a handful of chocolate chips, peanuts, almonds, etc.

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To get started:

1. Roast your peanuts on a sheet pan covered in 1/2 tblsp coconut oil at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes, until shiny and oily.

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2. Toss all of your kosher salt and cane sugar, and 1 tblsp coconut oil into the food processor.

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3. Add 2 1/2 Cups raw, shelled peanuts.

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4. Drizzle 1/2 tblsp honey onto peanuts, close processor, and crush for 1 minute.

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5. Open processor and spoon down peanut crumbles from around edges then, continue to crush. Repeat until crumbs start to get sticky (almost like a graham cracker crust). You’ll be able to tell if you touch the peanut crumbs and they begin sticking together a bit. The first 4 times in the processor, I only left my Ninja on for 1 minute at a time then, bumped it up to 2 minutes at a time.

*Be careful not to burn out your motor and please still follow the guidelines on your food processor for “leave-on times.”

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6. Between intervals, add the rest of your honey in 1/2 tblsp increments. You may add more if you desire a sweeter PB!

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7. Once your crumbles start getting “sticky”, add your last 1/2 tblsp Coconut Oil and start using your processor on the BLEND setting and blend as long as your machine allows until creamy and not overly grainy.

*Please remember, homemade peanut butter is not as smooth, buttery, and creamy as that over processed junk at the store. It will remain a tad bit grainy but not as chunky as a “Chunky” jar of PB from the store.

If you want a chunkier PB, now is the time to add in some extra peanuts, chocolate chips, agave nectar, etc. and only process a few pumps to mix it in!

8. Scoop out into an air tight container and enjoy!

Will last up to 1 month and must be refrigerated.

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EASY Peppermint Fudge Recipe & a GIVEAWAY!!!

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2 Cup Granulated Sugar

Pinch of Salt

1/2 Cup Butter

3/4 Cup Heavy Sweet Cream *Near Milk Refrigerator

7oz Jar marshmallow creme *Peanut Butter Aisle

1 pkg (16oz) Vanilla Almond Bark *Baking Aisle

5 Peppermint Candy Canes or 1 pkg Broken Candy Cane Chips

1 bag (12oz) white chocolate morsels *Baking AIsle

3 cup Mini Peppermint Marshmallows *Baking Isle or Christmas Candies

1 bag (10oz) Andes Peppermint Crunch Candies*Candy Aisle

Prep:

  1. Break Andes candies into smaller chips.
  2. Break candy canes into pieces. I places my candy canes under a paper towel, and used one of my heavy mugs with firm pressure to crush mine.
  3. Add white chocolate morsels, Andes chips, and marshmallow creme to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Line inside of a medium sized baking dish with foil or parchment paper.

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Cooking Instructions:

  1. Heat butter, heavy sweet cream, sugar, & salt over medium high heat in medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil while continuously stirring for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Pour heated mixture over bowl with white chocolate morsels, Andes chips, and marshmallow creme. Beat with a whisk until smooth and melted. Scoop into prepared baking dish.
  3. Melt Almond Bark according to package directions. Allow to stand and cool for a few minutes. Fold in mini peppermint marshmallows and pour over top of fudge.
  4. Immediately sprinkle with broken candy canes.

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Allow fudge to set. Can serve at 3 hours but, I prefer mine after 24 hours refrigerated!

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HOHO NICE

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happy holidays